A recent government study found that nearly 400,000 of the 2 million deaths in the United States annually can be attributed to poor diet and lack of exercise. A more recent article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has added even more evidence to the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise.
In this study, the thickness of the blood vessels feeding the heart were measured over the course of at least 4.5 years in several hundred premenopausal, perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. The women engaged in regular exercise and dietary changes to optimize their health.
Over the course of the study, the thickness of the heart vessels increased at a much slower rate than in a group of women used as controls who did not receive diet counseling and did not exercise. Even more encouraging, the women eating a healthy diet and engaging in exercising regularly did not gain weight over the study period, and their LDL cholesterol (the “bad cholesterol”) did not rise.
The authors of the study noted that the risk of cardiovascular disease – the #1 killer of both men and women – was significantly reduced through diet and exercise. The risk of adult-onset diabetes, cancer and a long list of other chronic diseases are also significantly reduced with diet changes and regular exercise.
Cholesterol-lowering medications are being marketed very aggressively. However, there is no medication that can promote overall health and well-being as much as healthy eating habits and regular exercise.
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